Classy Classroom Conversations
Learners engaged in English classroom ‘conversations’ rely on question/answer exchanges that have all the characteristics of a coldhearted interrogation and very few of a spontaneous chat. One obvious reason is that the impoverished language resources of beginner EFL students interfere with their ability to fully express themselves.
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Be Careful With English Slang
In the land of second language speakers, the native speaker is not king. He just thinks he is. In interactions with and among non-native speakers, English is nothing more than a blunt tool in the service of verbal transactions.
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No Smiling Before Midterms
As their inaugural message to new university students, a lot of teachers choose to—quote quote—lay down the law. Delivered in commandment form, negatively charged rules enumerate classroom thou-shalt-nots, purportedly to add structure to the semester and remind students that some behaviours trigger penalties.
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How to Make Polite Requests
Different situations in life call for different communication styles. When it comes to expressing ourselves verbally, we make decisions about what we say and how we say it based on the status of the person we are talking to.
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How Motivated Are You?
Teachers and classroom researchers have for a long time been obsessed with the subject of student motivation—often described as ‘the intensity and direction of effort’. Learners who display low motivation are deemed to need some treatment, and those who exhibit high motivation are held aloft as achievement models. Continue reading “How Motivated Are You?”